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Jorge Sampaoli Finally Lands His Dream Job With Argentina

by Yu Miyagawa

Jun 23, 2017 7:58 PM

Jorge Sampaoli's mission statement for his time as national team manager is to expand the talent pool with fresh legs. He is not one who manages through small improvements and iterations. It's either all or nothing. Read more »

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Ernesto Valverde Brings Calm To Barcelona

by Yu Miyagawa

Jun 9, 2017 4:07 PM

Ernesto Valverde's initial challenge with Barcelona lies in rebalancing the club's reliance on the MSN forward line. He must usher in the next generation of players, pass the ball with purpose, and maintain a sense of self above the Barcelona fray. Read more »

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, IQ

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The Education And Energy Of Christian Eriksen

by Yu Miyagawa

May 26, 2017 4:26 PM

Christian Eriksen is as close to an old school No. 10 as there is in the modern game. The differentiating characteristic that allows him (and other playmakers of his mold) to thrive in 2017 is the versatility and mobility off the ball. Read more »

Tags: Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur, IQ

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Antonio Conte And His Functional Rehearsed Orchestra

by Yu Miyagawa

Antonio Conte has overachieved in his first season at Chelsea, but there remains doubts to how far he can take his sides in Europe. This is specifically aimed at whether a three defender backline is as effective in the Champions League as it is domestically. Read more »
Michael Carrick And The Era Of The Barca Influenced English Midfielder

by Yu Miyagawa

Whether years from now Michael Carrick becomes a footnote or grows in history, he represented a moment and an ideal for a specific playing style. But eras go as quickly as they come. Read more »
What Does Carlo Ancelotti Have Left To Prove?

by Yu Miyagawa

Carlo Ancelotti's present day role is turning big clubs with big ambitions into European champions, which makes judging his year to year success relatively straightforward. Yet there is more under the surface. Read more »
Max Allegri And Juventus Build A Midfield For Europe

by Yu Miyagawa

Max Allegri begins with an appreciation for the defensive structure of a 4-4-2 before defining the qualities he envisions in specific midfield roles with the #4 (deep lying playmaker), #8 (box to box midfielder), and #10 (attacking midfielder). Read more »
Monchi's Shadows Loom Over The Roma Project

by Yu Miyagawa

Will Monchi build a Spanish side in Italy, or shape his transfer policies for Serie A? Will he move forward with Luciano Spalletti as his manager? Read more »
Sevilla, Jorge Sampaoli Manage A Season Of Emotions

by Yu Miyagawa

It would be harsh to judge this season as a failure no matter how it ends, and Sevilla can still win matches based on sheer individual quality. But we've seen glimpses of what could be when the pieces are ticking together, and we've seen Sampaoli and Sevilla win with style. Read more »
Adam Lallana: The Molding Of A Modern Playmaker

by Yu Miyagawa

It took three seasons at Anfield, but now we have a clear answer of who Adam Lallana is: a leader of pressing movements, a veteran leader in the locker room, and an example for future Liverpool midfielders. Read more »
Eusebio Sacristan Finds His Format With Real Sociedad Far From Barca

by Yu Miyagawa

Financial limitations and constraints bring out the best of a certain kind of manager. In that sense, Eusebio Sacristan's years developing at the Barcelona B team to one day take over a senior side worked but it was Sociedad who reap the rewards. Read more »
Atlanta United FC Build With A South American Influence

by Yu Miyagawa

The MLS approach to teambuilding has become much more nuanced in the decade since David Beckham arrived. While the salary cap puts sides on an equal playing level, the how remains a vision unique to the architect. Read more »
Heading Off Barcelona's Down Cycle

by Colin McGowan

Barcelona needs some new ideas and some new players. Europe hasn't solved Luis Enrique's side as much as they have simply declined. Read more »
Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm Each Defined Their Own Roles

by Yu Miyagawa

Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso's 34 years playing at the senior level speaks a fundamental truth about the game: as much as it's defined by the physicality of power and pace, it is positioning and technique are the last characteristics to age. Read more »
Replacing The Irreplaceable Sergio Busquets

by Yu Miyagawa

Sergio Busquets was never Barcelona or Spain's best player, but he was always the most important. The success of the tiki taka era was defined by his play as much as anyone else. Read more »
Maurizio Sarri's Napoli: The Antidote To Gegenpressing

by Yu Miyagawa

The best word to describe Napoli is verticality. Maurizio Sarri's style is uniquely suited to combat the modern press with quick, one touch passing out of defense. This is tiki-taka designed to exploit both gegenpressing and social media video engagements. Read more »
Oscar & Julian Draxler: Two Prodigies Go On Different Paths

by Yu Miyagawa

If Oscar moved to Shanghai to find himself, Julian Draxler needs to do more of what he has been doing, but on a bigger stage with a stable club like Paris Saint-Germain. Read more »
2016 Year-End Soccer Club Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina & Yu Miyagawa

Real Madrid has jumped ahead of Barcelona and Bayern Munich to be our top-ranked team to finish 2016, while Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid have moved into the top-5. Read more »
Falcao's Monaco Resurgence Three Years In The Making

by Yu Miyagawa

The Champions League knockout stages represent Radamel Falcao's opportunity to work his way back in the minds of supporters who never got to see his best. And it may even lead Monaco to becoming a European power, three years later. Read more »
AC Milan And Vincenzo Montella Rebuild Through Youth

by Yu Miyagawa

Milan's rebuild follows an ideal theoretical blueprint: a foundation built from the youth academy (Abate, De Sciglio, Donnarumma, Locatelli), finding value in transfer windows (Suso, Bonaventura, Lapadula), sprinkled with the occasional high priced signing (Carlos Bacca). Read more »

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